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Nts in the book occur while the fictional 256th Suadron is based on the island of Pianosa in the Mediterranean Sea west of Italy The novel looks into the experi A shiny new batch of awesome for my all time favorite shelf It has been awhile since I’ve so throughly enjoyed reading a novel that has at the same time left me as intellectually awestruck as Joseph Heller’s classic sermon on the insanity of war What a sublime literary feast To prepare1 Start with a surrealistic Kafkaesue worldview basted in chaos;2 Knead in a plot reminiscent of Pynchon taking particular care that the bizarre placidly disjointed surface fully camouflages the powerfully nuanced and deceptively focused central message; 3 Marinate the whole thing in a dark hilarious satire that would have made Vonnegut beam like a proud papa 4 Bake at 350 season with zesty prose and serve Voilaa singular absurdilarious serving of inspired genius that I can not recommend highly This novel was so much than I was expecting Despite its pervasive laugh out loud humor Heller’s story is the most horrifyingly effective depiction of the insanity of war that I’ve ever read I’m not referring to the evil and vile atrocities perpetrated in war that have been so extensively catalogued throughout the annals of literature Rather Heller's insight is geared to showing us the illogic of war the out of control nihilism and the chaotic existential absurdity of it Note this observation is coming from someone who’s never been closer to war than the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan so season the above with grains of salt as necessary It's brilliant PLOT SUMMARYI think any attempt at a plot summary is doomed to inadeuacy so let me just briefly frame the story The novel follows the exploits of the fictional 256th fighter suadron stationed on the fictional island of Pianosa during the height of WWII With a large cast of characters and a non chronological narrative that switches viewpoints constantly Heller creates a delicious cauldron of madness and bureaucratic ineptitude that is just heaven to follow Our chief tour guide through the nuthouse is Captain John Yossarian bomber pilot whose main ambition in life is to “live forever or die in the attempt” Yossarian’s life wish is so strong that he doesn’t even distinguish between the “enemy” and his superiors As far as he's concerned the enemy “is anybody who's going to get you killed no matter which side he's on” To avoid the final finality of death Yossarian concocts a series of ingenious and hysterical methods for staying alive including poisoning his own suadron and redrawing a the combat map during the “Great Big Siege of Bologna” so as to alter the bombing target Despite his often less than moral shenanigans Yossarian acts as the conscience of the story and helps to keep the rampant lunacy and chaos in context His is the voice of indignity and righteous anger against the war and the cold faceless bureaucracy that perpetrates it Even against the God that allows it such horrors to exist in the first place ‘Don't tell me God works in mysterious ways’ Yossarian continued hurtling on over her objection ‘There's nothing so mysterious about it He's not working at all He's playing Or else He's forgotten all about us That's the kind of God you people talk about a country bumpkin a clumsy bungling brainless conceited uncouth hayseed Good God how much reverence can you have for a Supreme Being who finds it necessary to include such phenomena as phlegm and tooth decay in His divine system of creation? What in the world was running through that warped evil scatological mind of His when He robbed old people of the power to control their bowel movements? Why in the world did He ever create pain?’ ‘Pain?’ Lieutenant Scheisskopf's wife pounced upon the word victoriously ‘Pain is a useful symptom Pain is a warning to us of bodily dangers’‘And who created the dangers?’ Yossarian demanded ‘Why couldn't He have used a doorbell instead to notify us?’ THOUGHTSLoved it loved it loved it loved it loved it loved it loved it loved it loved it loved itand loved it The writing is brilliant the characters are uniue engaging and memorable and the story will scar you with wonder and awe I can’t believe I hesitated so long to read this and I intend to sit down with this many times in the years to come For those that have experienced this before and for those who just want a stroll down memory lane here are a few pearls that showcase this novel’s rather large package of absurd satircal win “Fortunately just when things were blackest the war broke out” I'll tell you what justice is Justice is a knee in the gut from the floor on the chin at night sneaky with a knife brought up down on the magazine of a battleship sandbagged underhanded in the dark without a word of warning “Colonel Cargill could be relied on to run the most prosperous enterprise into the ground He was a self made man who owed his lack of success to nobody” “Colonel Cathcart was indefatigable that way an industrious intense dedicated military tactician who calculated day and night in the service of himselfAnd a personal favorite all leading up to the very last line The chaplain had mastered in a moment of divine intuition the handy techniue of protective rationalization and he was exhilarated by his discovery It was miraculous It was almost no trick at all he saw to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth impotence into abstinence arrogance into humility plunder into philanthropy thievery into honor blasphemy into wisdom brutality into patriotism and sadism into justice Anybody could do it; it reuired no brains at all It merely reuired no character Finally I wanted to share one last piece of awesome with you The following is the contents of the letter sent by the base commander to the wife of one of the main characters Dear Mrs Mr Miss or Mr And Mrs no spoiler Words cannot express the deep personal grief I experienced when your husband son father or brother was killed wounded or reported missing in action Pricelessand what’s even funnier is that the set up of the joke occurs about 200 pages before Masterful 60 stars HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION
book Catch 22
Catch 22Ences of Yossarian and the other airmen in the camp who attempt to maintain their sanity while fulfilling their service reuirements so that they may return home I have had Catch 22 on my bookshelf for years It was one of those novels that I've said oh I'll get around to that in 2012 It didn't happen Maybe 2013 Nope And so on until just a couple of days ago I've got to stop putting books off Rarely has a piece of literature ticked so many of my boxes Satire farce gallows humour irreverence it's as if this book were written entirely for me I loved every word on every page of this book I cannot find a single miniscule fault anywhere within the narrative or the prose or the characterisation or the flow or the humour I can say without any hesitation that Catch 22 is a perfect novel It was love at first sight
Joseph Heller Ä Catch 22 book
read Catch 22 kindle ï º [Reading] ➸ Catch 22 Author Joseph Heller – Goproled.co.uk The novel is set during World War II from 1942 to 1944 It mainly follows the life of Captain John Yossarian a US Army Air Forces B 25 bombardier Most of the events in the book occur while the fictiona The novel is set during World War II from to It mainly fThe novel is set during World War II from 1942 to 1944 It mainly follows the life of Captain John Yossarian a US Army Air Forces B 25 bombardier Most of the eve I suffered through about 60 pages and finally put it down I very rarely ever leave a book unfinished The author narrates and introduces us to Yossarian who does not want to fly in the war I get that I get the whole catch 22 scenerio You have to be insane to fly the plane If you can get a dr to say you are insane you wont have to fly But in order to tell a dr that you are insane this actually means you are sane So you must continue to fly which makes you insane blah blah blahWhat I couldnt get past was the author's constant bouts of Attention Deficet Disorder He went off on tangents introducing a new character seemingly every paragraph and seemed to lose his train of thought only to regain it 2 pages later I couldnt take all the jumping around and was completely lost the whole time at times rereading the prior page thinking I missed some important tie in somewhereAm I the only one on this planet who is asking myself what heck everyone was smoking when they read this book and actually enjoyed it?